- Posted November 2, 2013 by
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Life in China
Grandmother Matchmakers at People’s Park in Shanghai
Long before there were Internet dating sites, there were Matchmakers. These marriage brokers were immortalized by the tune in Fiddler on the Roof, “ Matchmaker, Matchmaker make me a match, find me a find, catch me a catch. Matchmaker, Matchmaker look through your book, and make me a perfect match.”
Today grandmothers in Shanghai’s Peoples Park often plan romantic encounters. It might be low-tech but it appears to be very effective. Every weekend morning, rain or shine, grandparents get together with their posters, pictures, and “resumes” to put together a dating fair. The posters will not only list vital information such as age, employment and education, but also expectations such as income, housing status, and even if the prospective partner owns an automobile.
Sometimes arranged hook-ups are planned by gossiping grandmothers and on occasion a young man or woman will stop by a poster and take notes to make future calls. Either way, in Shanghai sites like eHarmony.com have a different type of competition.